Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Inhumans
A hidden race of superhumans. The alien race known as the Kree genetically altered the denizens of many planets in an attempt to create weapons for their war, catalyzed by the Terrigen Mists. Earth was the only planet on which this worked. The experiment was abandoned, but the descendants of these humans continued to use the Mists to unlock their powers. In the present day, some of them form a secret society hidden in a place called Lai Xi ("Afterlife").
- Abusive Precursors: The Kree attempted Terrigenesis on numerous planets, which killed millions. Some Kree regret their actions long after the fact, while the more extreme Kree would try to restart the program if they ever found out it actually produced some results.
- Aborted Arc: Inhumans were initially slated to play a big role that connected the MCU movies and TV shows as replacements for the mutants. But after the cancellation of Inhumans movie (and later TV show) as well as the separation of Marvel Studios from Marvel Entertainment, any possible plan for the Inhumans in the MCU has been dropped and even in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they stopped being relevant after Season 5 with the exception of Quake and Yo-Yo.
- Blessed With Suck: Physical transformations tend to come hand in hand with the powers granted by the Mists, such as losing your eyes or having thorns painfully sticking out all over your body. Though only Gordon and Raina are shown to have transformed as such, it's indicated to be fairly common.
- Canon Discontinuity: Zig-Zagged, When Marvel Studios was separated from Marvel Comics, the movies no longer had to connect or adknowledge the developments of the TV shows in any way if they didn't want to (And Kevin Feige doesn't want to). The consequences of this being the movies never adknowledging the existence of the Inhumans or the Kree's experimentation on humans, even when the Kree participate in the story. However, things may change with the announcement of Ms. Marvel for Disney +, as she's an awoken Inhuman in the comics.
- The Chosen Many: Individuals are selected to go through Terrigenesis, which grants them unique powers.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Their first appearance — in the second season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. — came in 2014, a whole four years before their movie was slated to release. Then it was taken even further when Inhumans got delayed yet again to make room for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- Expy: Their roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed to loosely fill in for the X-Men, who Marvel Studios couldn't use in their movies until Disney bought 20th Century Fox, who owned the film rights.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Many view Inhumans as extremely dangerous weapons instead of misunderstood people, and the Kree explicitly express regret for creating them.
- It goes both ways. The "Afterlife" Inhumans have a tendency to dislike normal humans, partly because they know they'll never be accepted by regular society and partly because of a belief that their powers make them superior. This is in part due to their leader being unlucky enough to be used as a HYDRA lab rat, and is deeply paranoid that others would have to go through the same experience.
- The Attilan Inhumans also look down on normal humans, believing themselves to be superior.
- Goal in Life: According to Lincoln, Lai Xi teaches that an Inhuman's powers are not random, but instead serve some sort of evolutionary need, and through it, every Inhuman has a purpose. Finding what that purpose is can admittedly take years, but seeking it is a goal worth striving for.
- Hidden Elf Village: Lai Xi's location is known only to Gordon, and the only way to and from is with his teleportation. Despite the name and architecture, Lincoln isn't even convinced it's in China. In "Scars", S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to copy the device HYDRA was using to trace his teleportation energy, allowing them to find the city.
- Humans Are Special: The only planet where the Terrigenesis process actually worked? Earth.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Jiaying mentions that some of those chosen to go through Terrigenesis decide not to, presumably for this reason.
- I Just Want to Be Special: A typical mindset for residents of Lai Xi, with people waiting literally for years to get a chance to go through Terrigenesis.
- Locked Out of the Loop: The Inhumans of Earth are completely oblivious to the Inhumans living on the moon.
- Leave Me Alone!: The Inhumans are well aware that they'll be met with fear by those who are not like them. They don't want to make trouble, they just want to continue their peaceful lives in Lai Xi. So when S.H.I.E.L.D. finds it — and makes it very clear that they want the Inhumans added to their index... bad things start to happen.
- Painful Transformation: Even outside of physical changes like Raina's, terrigenesis is still consistently portrayed as physically traumatizing. Everyone who goes through it can feel the changes to their bodies afterwards, all of them describe it as being unpleasant and discomforting. Some like Lincoln are assigned a position of helping to counsel people in coping with their changes outside of learning to control their powers.
- Super Empowering: Inhumans gain their powers through Terrigen Mist.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of the Mutants. Prior to Disney buying 20th Century Fox, Marvel didn't have the film rights to Mutants as a concept, because the concept is considered a part of the X-Men mythos, which Fox owned the rights to. However, the idea of people unknowingly born with the capacity to develop superpowers later in life, along with the various explorations of Fantastic Racism it provokes, has always been pretty central to the Marvel Comics universe(s). Although the comparison does fall apart when examined more closely note , the basic concept of "divergent human subspecies with super powers" is close enough that Inhumans could be be made to plug that gap in the MCU. With the spread of the Terrigen worldwide thus anyone can become Inhuman, the loss of Lai Xi, the formation of the Secret Warriors and the existence of a "cure", MCU's Inhumans and the comics Mutants are becoming more and more indistinguishable from one another.
- Turned Against Their Masters: The reason why the Kree never followed through with their success in creating the Inhumans was that Hive, the Inhuman they created to lead the Inhuman army, instead led a revolt against the Kree on Earth.
- Ultraterrestrials: Almost all of the Inhumans are born on Earth, but only exist because of Kree influence. Hive is the one exception.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: A serious risk if they aren't properly guided after their transformation. Prior to being exposed to the Mists, candidates are screened for potential psychological issues that would be magnified if the individual gained superpowers. In an incident prior to the formation of the Avengers, an Inhuman stole a batch of Terrigen crystals to transform her daughter, after she was rejected because Jiaying sensed a darkness within her. As a result, her daughter became an Emotion Eater who could bend others to her will through touch, and had an insatiable desire to feed on the pain of others. May ended up killing her when she couldn't be talked down.
Inhumans of Afterlife
Portrayed By: Ruth Negga
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 5: "Girl in the Flower Dress")
A charismatic young woman who is far more dangerous than she first appears. While first associated with Project Centipede and HYDRA, she later reveals ties to Skye's father and the Inhumans
- Affably Evil: She always speaks in a friendly and polite tone of voice too everyone, including her allies and when she's manipulating someone.
- Affectionate Nickname: Garrett calls her "Flowers."
- Alas, Poor Villain: For all she's done up to that point, you can't help but feel sorry for her when Jiaying murders her after she threatens her.
- Ambiguously Brown: While her appearance and accent suggest African-American, she has spent a great deal of time in Asia, and the actress is Irish and Ethiopian.
- Ambiguously Human: In the first season, she's obsessed with gaining powers of her own, believing she has them but needs to unlock them somehow. The second season reveals she's an Inhuman, and she undergoes Terrigenesis in the mid-season finale.
- Bald Women: The transformation causes her to lose all her hair.
- Beauty to Beast: Her fate as a result of Terrigenesis.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She exposed herself to the Terrigen Mists, believing she had a great power hidden within her. She was right, but she paid for it dearly in her physical transformation.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She claims to want to help Chan improve his powers, even giving him the alias "Scorch," but is only leading him on so they can harvest his blood platelets to further the Centipede project. She also leaves Debbie at Chan's mercy during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, even mocking Debbie as the elevator closes on her.
- Body Horror: Her Inhuman form sprouts thorns everywhere, leaving her in constant pain. From her description of her insides feeling "like gravel", it's possible she has quills on the inside. Her transformation is drastic even by Inhuman standards.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Near the end of episode 17, Garrett lets it slip that she was brainwashed by the same machine used to plumb Coulson's memories. This is never brought up again before her death.
- Broken Pedestal: She's quite disappointed to learn the truth about the Clairvoyant, though it doesn't take long for her to get back on board with him. It's further broken when she learns that Garrett doesn't share her own goals in fostering the talents of gifted people. However, in season two she admits she regained some respect after he was enlightened after being injected with the formula and telling her what she wanted to know.
- Canon Immigrant: While she initially had no comicbook counterpart, Inhuman Annual #1, which was published long after Raina's appearance on the show, did show someone who looked like her wearing a flower dress receiving a message that only Inhumans could hear.
- The Cassandra: All her dreams appear to come true, but due to her history of deceit and trickery nobody believes her.
- Cassandra Truth: All that manipulating catches up to her near the end of season 2. She tries to warn Gordon that letting Jiaying talk to S.H.I.E.L.D. could possibly lead to catastrophe. Gordon then turns her over to Jiaying thinking that this is simply Raina trying to take control from Jiaying. Turns out that she was right, as Jiaying tries to start a war by killing Gonzales.
- The Chessmaster: In "Heavy is the Head", she approaches Creel and gives him a piece of rare metal with a tracker device hidden inside, then gives S.H.I.E.L.D. his location, intending to use the fight between them and Creel to snatch the Diviner from HYDRA's hands.
- Combo Platter Powers: Terrigenesis normally only provides a single power to those who undergo it. By contrast, Raina got at least four distinct abilities (regeneration, spiked quills, Wolverine Claws, and precognitive dreams) out of the deal.
- Crying Wolf: Her duplicitous history comes back to bite her at the end of Season 2, when no one will believe her vision that letting Jiaying meet with S.H.I.E.L.D. will lead to war. In fairness, she also doesn't help her case by couching her warnings in a blatant power grab. Eventually the only way to get Skye to believe her is to let herself be killed.
- Dark Chick: Demonstrates no powers, combat prowess, or other common supervillain traits, but her ability to get what she needs with soft words and a sweet smile makes her one of The Clairvoyant's most effective underlings. This changes when her Inhuman transformation makes her less attractive, but more physically dangerous.
- Dark Magical Girl: Season 2 sees her set up as a foil for Skye along these lines. Skye is an Inhuman and daughter of Cal, who finds True Companions and relies on The Power of Trust during missions. Raina is an Inhuman and something of a foster daughter of Cal, but works alone and manipulates others to achieve her objectives while also working for an older villain that she admires. She also seems to really enjoy working with Skye, such as during "Ye Who Enter Here", which fulfills the aspect of dark magical girls forming tight bonds with their magical girl foils. In the end, she calls herself Skye's "guardian angel" and essentially DIES for her.
- Death Seeker: She becomes this after her Terrigenesis transforms her into a "monster" in constant pain. After a couple of failed attempts at Suicide by Cop, she realizes what her power is and embraces her new form. She still essentially kills herself, but for a different and more noble reason.
- Dissonant Serenity: S.H.I.E.L.D. is storming your secret human experimentation facility; do you a) leave quickly, b) freak out at your bosses on the phones, c) attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, or d) keep sashaying like you're getting paid by the hour? Raina chose D.
- The Dragon:
- After The Clairvoyant kills Edison Po for his failure, Raina becomes his replacement.
- By season two first half, she's this for Cal as his second.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Raina works for Raina.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Her power allows her to see the future in dreams, though she is also shown to have a waking vision in "The Dirty Half Dozen".
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- She looks somewhat appalled that Po is resorting to potentially lethal torture to get the truth behind Coulson's resurrection.
- World domination is "too 1945" for her tastes. This is why she's working for Skye's father instead of HYDRA in season 2.
- Even though she was the one who put Simmons' cover at risk in order to cut a deal with Coulson, she was legitimately disturbed when she realized he wasn't buying what she was selling and that Simmons would likely be killed as a result.
- Evil Costume Switch: After "The Girl In the Flower Dress" establishes her as one of the bad guys, she stops wearing pretty flowery sundresses and starts wearing darker colors and more metallic or reptilian-looking materials, while still more-or-less maintaining the flower pattern motif.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: The manipulative Dark Chick transforms into a human porcupine, while her foil didn't get so much as a blemish.
- Enemy Mine: In Season 2, she actively helps S.H.I.E.L.D. stop one of HYDRA's operations, so she can steal the artifact they were after.
- Evil Genius: After the truth is out about the Clairvoyant, Raina officially steps into this role and the Clairvoyant gives her the resources to continue research on his behalf.
- Flower Motifs: Naturally, given her title as the "girl in the flower dress". Her prison cell seen in "Providence" is likewise full of origami flower ornaments.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a two-bit con artist in Thailand when Cal found her.
- Giver of Lame Names: She's the one who came up with Chan's completely unimaginative alias of "Scorch." Judging by Debbie's reaction, this isn't the first time.Debbie: Oh, God. You gave him a name, didn't you?
- Greed: Cal pegs this as her character flaw. She'll talk people into giving her a little charity, then sees no reason why they shouldn't give more.
- Healing Factor: She seemingly receives one from undergoing Terrigenesis; getting shot multiple times by Simmons in "Aftershocks" hardly even fazes her. It seems to only work on nonfatal injuries, however, since Jiaying slashing her throat with a knife still works just fine.
- The Heavy: While certainly not the leader of Centipede, she has far more presence in the show's first season than most of the other villains.
- HeelFace Turn: By the end of the third act of Season 2, she becomes a good person. Too bad this did not last.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After her clairvoyance shows her Jiaying's true colors, she arranges to be murdered in front of Skye to show her the truth.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: In the first season, she vaguely describes her own motivation as wanting to wake up what's hidden inside and has an interest in gifted people, without going into much detail. In the second season, she's revealed to be an Inhuman and undergoes terrigenesis.
- How Do I Shot Web?: After her physical transformation, Raina and the Inhumans can't figure out what her powers are. Lincoln eventually figures out that her dreams are actually precognitive.
- I Have Your Wife: Gets Mike to betray Coulson by holding the former's son hostage.
- Iconic Outfit:
- Wears Chinese flower dresses.Coulson: Just tell me one thing. What's with the flowers?
Raina: Who doesn't like flowers?
- In "Providence", she's seen folding lots of origami flowers out of patterned paper, and the Clairvoyant even went to the trouble of buying her a new dress when he has her broken out of prison.
- Wears Chinese flower dresses.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After undergoing Terrigenesis, she is immediately horrified by the results of her transformation and wants to undo it. She gets over herself once she figures out what her real powers are.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She really likes the idea of super-humans and really, really wants to be one. As soon as Garrett "opens his eyes", her question is "What will I become?" She comes to regret it when "what she becomes" is a spiny precog, though she eventually learns to accept it.
- In Season 1, Raina idolizes John Garrett, a man who claims to have clairvoyant powers but is actually a normal human. In Season Two, she herself gains clairvoyant powers, courtesy of her Inhuman transformation.
- In season 2, her clairvoyant abilities are mistrusted due to her prior manipulative behavior, her quest to be special ended in her becoming a monster, and she goes to her death in order to protect Skye, who she hated for coming out of the Terrigenesis chamber appearing normal.
- Karma Houdini: She is a double subversion. Despite a brief stint in prison in the middle of the season, she's freed by Garrett in "Providence", and escapes his downfall in "Beginning of the End", appearing in the next season as an agent of Skye's father. Then karma bit her in the ass when she tried to undergo Terrigenesis and ended up as The Spiny, turning her into a Death Seeker, and later a victim of Cassandra Truth.
- Karmic Transformation: Calvin believes that her turning into an thorny monster is appropriate, considering how much she loved flowers.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her debut episode marks the point where the effects of Centipede's machinations really start to kick in.
- Manipulative Bastard: Very cleverly plays on Chan's desire for exposure and purpose, further feeding his ego with a codename, and relies on double-edged wording: the world would know who he is... as the man Centipede dissected to make their super soldiers work; he does have a gift—and you give gifts. She's even able to manipulate Coulson, of all people, into giving up his secrets. She loses her cool when dealing with Cal and Whitehall precisely because they don't give her the opportunity to play her games.
- Monster Fangirl:
- She is intrigued by any and all people with powers, really — her reaction to Chan Ho Yin's pyrokinesis certainly wasn't an act.
- She's noticeably intrigued by the Clairvoyant, and, after she gets the chance to talk with him for the first time on the phone, she says her "heart's still pounding" minutes later. It's a Broken Pedestal thing when she meets him in person. Though she starts reining in her displeasure when Garrett puts her in charge of HYDRA's scientific operations and she realizes just how resourceful and dangerous Garrett is, clairvoyance or no. After he's "enlightened" she has respect for him by the next season, defending him post-mortem to Coulson, who she believes was enlightened as well.
- She was also a fan of Creel until he robbed her.
- Non-Action Guy: Has not been shown to be combat-capable since she was easily punched out by pre-agent-training Skye. Even after Terrigenesis she's not one for combat.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Willingly went to her death without fear, knowing that it was necessary for Skye to stop Jiaying.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She keeps her cool when Mike Peterson threatens her life in Season 1. The fact that she is genuinely afraid of Whitehall and Skye's father shows just how terrifying she considers those two to be.
- Painful Transformation: She comments that her thorns put her in constant pain after her Terrigenesis, and states that her insides "feel like gravel". Ouch.
- Person with the Clothing: The eponymous "girl in the flower dress" from her introductory episode. Many characters identify her by said dress. When asked about her choice in wardrobe, she simply asks, "Who doesn't like flowers?"
- Precision F-Strike: "WHAT THE HELL HAVE I BECOME!?"
- Redemption Equals Death: Just when she's about to do something right for once, she does so, all right—Jiaying murders her in front of Skye, who ends up realizing what her mother had become. Just as she had predicted!
- Required Secondary Powers: Averted. After being exposed to the Terrigen crystal in the Diviner, her skin grows thorns which are just as painful to her as anybody else.
- The Resenter: She's initially furious that terrigenesis gave Skye powers without changing her outward appearance, while she got turned into a spiny freak.
- Running Gagged: Loses the flower dress theme after Season 2's mid-season finale, switching to dark cloaks.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Beginning of the End", between Team Coulson's attack on the Cybertek facilities and Garrett going off the deep end, she packs up her research and leaves.
- Seer: In "The Dirty Half Dozen", she experiences a vision while awake.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Leaves Chan and Debbie to their respective fates at the other's hands without so much as raising her voice while giving her blithe one-liners.
- The Spiny: After her mutation, Raina grows spines on her face and to her disgust, on her insides.
- The Starscream: Once she realizes what her powers are, she snaps out of her depression and immediately begins scheming to take control of Lai Xi from Jiaying.
- Street Urchin: She was homeless and still a child when Cal found her, though that didn't stop her from manipulating everyone around her to survive.
- Thanatos Gambit: She foresaw that the only way for Jiaying to be stopped was if Skye saw what her mother really was. In order for that to happen, she allowed Jiaying to murder her without the latter realizing that Skye saw the whole thing — until it was too late.
- Tragic Villain: Her grandmother died when she was young, leaving her an orphan, forced to scrounge for food and clothes in the streets of Thailand. She was taken in by Cal, who manipulated her through her desire to be something special. As she tried to find others who shared her beliefs, all she got was being a grunt for self-serving egomaniacs. And when she finally does unlock her "gift", she turns into a monster who is in constant pain. It turns out her gift is to see the future, but because she's spent two seasons as a scheming Smug Snake, absolutely no one trusts her.
- Transhuman: After she undergoes Terrigenesis.
- Unwitting Pawn: She's appalled upon learning that Centipede Group that she worked for is a branch of HYDRA.
- What Have I Become?: Even she's horrified at what the Terrigen Mists made her, though she learns to cope.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
- She does this to Debbie when she leaves her to deal with Chan. Later, she appears to be the victim of it herself after she was captured and the Clairvoyant moved on to Ian Quinn. Ultimately subverted as of "Providence"; he's broken out of prison along with Quinn, and he clearly still appreciates her skills.
- She's on the receiving end after turning into an Inhuman. Not that Cal would have been able to help her anyway, but he's still very cold about casting her aside, even telling her to kill herself if she can't live with it. That she had just openly insulted his daughter to his face out of pure jealousy probably didn't help her case, though.
Portrayed By: Dichen Lachman
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 30: "The Things We Bury")
- "S.H.I.E.L.D. wants us to be afraid, to fracture. But we're all tied together, a history that goes back thousands of years. They will not take that away from us."
A young Chinese woman who was captured by HYDRA during World War II.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Daisy's mother was (at the time of season two's airing) a prostitute named Kim Johnson.
- Adaptational Villainy: Neither Kim Johnson or Jiaying's later-introduced comics counterpart committed the same kinds of atrocities Jiaying attempts on the show.
- All-Loving Hero: She's a zigzag on this trope. She has endless compassion and care for Inhumans regardless of their deformity or what misdeeds they may have done, but she has a rocky relationship with her husband and killed Gonzales in cold blood during a diplomatic meeting out of a mixture of hatred towards him and fear for her people. In the end, not even her daughter is safe. Cal insists that she used to be a genuine example before Whitehall tortured her and flashbacks support this. When she is later met in 1983 before Whitehall got to her, Cal is proven plainly correct, and she is horrified to learn that Daisy's abusive mother was her own future self.
- Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel sorry for her when Cal kills her to protect Daisy, considering how broken her mind became from Whitehall's torture.
- Apologetic Attacker: Whenever she uses her power to drain people's life force, she apologizes. Cal mentions that in the past she was truly distraught that people would sacrifice themselves to prolong her life, but after what happened with Whitehall she slowly stopped meaning it, especially against humans who she actively hunted for their life force.
- Ax-Crazy: A cold, clear version after her resurrection. She hides it through a Faux Affably Evil act, but you can tell through the Moral Event Horizon she crosses that her mind has become warped and twisted from anything reasonable and sane by sheer hate.
- Ascended Extra: Her comics counterpart Kim Johnson was a random prostitute who was unwittingly impregnated by the supervillain Mr. Hyde, and immediately gave the baby up for adoption. Here, she's the leader of the Inhumans of Afterlife.
- Bad Powers, Good People: In the past, though not the present, where she's become a case of Bad Powers, Bad People. She has always had the power to prolong her life by sucking others dry, but before her Start of Darkness she truly was a compassionate guardian of others who hated using it and hated even more that people were willing to let her use it in on them to let her work continue. Nowadays, her use of it only shows that deep down she's now a hateful sociopath who would easily sacrifice others to advance her own ideals.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Seriously, for literally being vivisected, the one scar on her face is quite the trade-off.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: You can thank Daniel Whitehall for her starting a war against S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of "Scars". Cal says her good heart was ripped out of her that day.
- Berserk Button: She snaps when Gonzales tries to compare his wounded leg to her being tortured by Whitehall. Although it is ambiguous, the real button Gonzales may have pushed could be asking for personal information on Inhumans to put on the index.
- Big Bad: She becomes the ultimate villain of Season 2 when it is indirectly revealed that she had Cal commit the crimes that he did. She takes the role of direct antagonist after she murders Gonzales to start a war with S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Big Bad Slippage: Subverted. She appears to start off as the benign leader of the Inhumans in the second half of Season 2 only to slip into a villain for the season finale by murdering Gonzales. But then it turns out that she's The Man Behind the Man to Cal, making her the Big Bad of Season 2 the whole time.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She initially appears to be Afterlife's Reasonable Authority Figure and gives Daisy a saner and less dangerous parent than Cal. However, "Scars" proves she's a vengeful sociopath and whilst Cal may be violent and unpredictable, Jiaying is willing to murder her own daughter.
- Came Back Wrong: When Cal stitched her back to life her caring heart didn't make the return trip.
- Canon Immigrant: A version of Jiaying was introduced into the comics in November 2015, several months after her debut on the show.
- Expy: With the X-Men off limits at the time of her debut, she has shades of several characters from that franchise. Her backstory of suffering under Nazis and leading a war of (perceived) self-defense against non-powered humans calls to mind Magneto, while her role as a leader and mentor within the Inhuman society and her pre-vivisection personality resemble those of Professor X. Her powers echo those of Wolverine, who can regenerate from any wound as long as he's not beheaded (though they are powered through a Vampiric Draining Touch of Death, similar to Selene).
- Faux Affably Evil: She apparently loves to talk smooth with her enemies, only to murder them in cold blood and with satisfaction moments later.
- Final Boss: After the trouble with Arc Villains Whitehall and Gonzales, she emerges as the final villain of season 2 after she murders Gonzales to start a war with S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Freudian Excuse: Whitehall hounded her throughout her life which culminated with him vivisecting her for her rejuvenating powers, and although Cal brought her back to life, the experience warped her mind so that she couldn't tell right from wrong anymore.
- Healing Factor: The source of her Long-Lived ability is her slow rate of aging. After Whitehall vivisected her, her husband revived her by piecing her back together. It is later revealed that her ability is fueled by Vampiric Draining. She can't seem to recover from spinal injuries, however. Both her permanent deaths came about this way, and on the second instance Kora even tried to offer herself as a sacrifice to heal her, but it didn't work.
- Human Resources: Whitehall vivisected her and stole what was keeping her immortal to restore his youth.
- It's All About Me: Skye calls her out on her plan that was more about venting her anger on humanity for what Whitehall did to her than about helping her people. Her reaction to that statement is to (try to) kill her daughter.
- Irony: The actions she took to save her fellow Inhumans in the Season 2 finale ended up endangering them come Season 3.
- Despite wanting Inhumans to hide and be left alone, her actions exposed Inhumans to the world at large and forced the governments to crack down on them.
- After decades as a mentor for new Inhumans and ensuring only those who could handle the change underwent Terrigenesis, she unwittingly cause the greatest outbreak of new, untrained and potentially unstable Inhumans without any support network.
- In her paranoia, she planted a Terrigenesis crystal in her Afterlife ledger, certain only humans are a threat to them. In doing so, she created Lash, who used that information to kill most of Lincoln's Inhuman friends.
- The Leader: She made the rules of Lai Xi and is responsible for approving which Inhuman can go through the mists. In the words of Lincoln, her role is "to be in charge".
- Life Drinker: This turns out to be the secret of her immortality and healing ability. At first she hated using it, but after suffering at Whitehall's hands she relished it.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Thanks to her slow rate of aging, she was alive long enough to shepherd many generations of Inhumans through their mutation.
- The Lost Lenore: For Cal, who spent the last several decades trying to avenge her. Unlike most examples, she's actually alive, though they've split some time ago.
- Mama Bear: Claims that at least part of her vendetta against S.H.I.E.L.D. is to protect Skye, but her love is gradually proven to be surface-deep, as Jiaying eventually tries to kill Skye for getting in her way. Her past self, on the other hand, plays this completely straight, attacking Nathaniel Malick to protect Daisy mere moments after learning the latter is her Kid from the Future. Shame it got her killed, though.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Cal. Though it was built up that Cal was the one who wanted revenge, he was actually committing his crimes for Jiaying.
- Manipulative Bitch: She murders Gonzales and then shoots herself to trick both S.H.I.E.L.D. and her Inhumans into waging war on one another via a Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Classy.
- MayflyDecember Romance: With Calvin. She's led the Inhumans for generations, he's just an ordinary human.
- Meaningful Name: Jiaying sounds similar to "jiangshi," Chinese vampires which are reanimated corpses that drain life force to sustain themselves. Jiaying is Chinese, was 'killed' by Whitehall but came back from the dead due to her powers and Cal's intervention, and her power is draining life force to sustain herself.
- The Mentor: She was a source of guidance and support for newly mutated Inhumans, though Lincoln says he's never seen her personally take up the mentorship role, suggesting she stopped after losing Skye.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Played with depending on the student.
- Played straight with Gordon, who was taught by her and then had to step into her shoes after Whitehall vivisected her.
- Inverted with Skye. Instead of the mentor's death taking place after the tutoring as a "growing up" device, her disappearance before Skye got to know her underscores how lost and confused the student is without their teacher.
- My Greatest Failure: She has two: giving up looking for Skye and being unable to stop a rogue Inhuman who was driven mad by terrigenesis and was killed by May.
- Neck Snap: How Nathaniel kills her past self in 1983.
- Not Quite Dead: Despite being vivisected by Whitehall and buried by Cal, she later shows up alive (albeit with a few scars) when Skye is brought to Afterlife. Cal stitched her up and she drained the life out of a whole village to regenerate her organs..
- Obliviously Evil: Skye says it to her face that she can't tell right from wrong. In her mind she is doing the right thing by taking out S.H.I.E.L.D. before they can harm the Inhumans.
- Offing the Offspring: She's in the middle of trying to kill her own daughter when Cal stops her for good.
- Older Than They Look:
- Whitehall first met her late into WWII, forcing her to touch the Diviner. She survived it, and when they're reunited in the 80's, he sees that she hasn't aged since. She notes in one flashback that she's not actually immortal, and was killed just a few years later. Or not.
- Cal mentions that an elder of Afterlife would sacrifice themselves to prolong her life "every few decades," which implies that she's been around since before WWII.
- Properly Paranoid: The general population's scared reaction to the emerging Inhumans in Season 3 results in the formation of a government backed containment authorized to use deadly force is more or less what she thought S.H.I.E.L.D. would do to the Inhumans under her care.
- Race Lift: Jiaying is Chinese, while her comics counterpart at the time, Kim Johnson, was white.
- Really 700 Years Old: Her real age is unknown, but she survived long enough to mentor numerous generations of Inhumans around the world.
- Sanity Slippage: After coming back to life from Whitehall's vivisection, she had her husband kill an entire village while looking for Skye and to feed her bloodlust. However she did come to her senses and mostly kept her dark side in check. But when S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered Lai Xi, and asked for each Inhuman to be added to the Index she lost it completely.
- Scars Are Forever: She has prominent scars on her face from her torture and vivisection by Whitehall.
- Secret Keeper: She knew about Hive, but made sure that nobody else in Afterlife knew, lest they get any ideas about bringing him back.
- Sickening "Crunch!": Cal killed her by bear-hugging her so hard her spine audibly snapped.
- Start of Darkness: Even more so than her husband, she was a wonderful person in her youth — a deeply compassionate woman who tirelessly sought out others to help. Now, even more so than her husband, what happened with Whitehall changed her into a murderous monster, willing to kill truckloads of innocent humans in order to merely find more of her own people.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Cal discovers her mangled body in a forest and swears to inflict the same on Whitehall. Unlike most characters subjected to this, she comes back to life.
- Touch of Death: The source of her regenerative powers. She used to hate doing it, but after she Came Back Wrong she enjoyed it.
- Tragic Villain: Like her husband, albeit for different reasons. She was a kind and sweet woman until Whitehall vivisected her. After Cal stitched back her up, she was never the same. She became unsympathetic to all life — save Inhuman life. Her immortality was fueled by draining the life out of other people. Before Whitehall, doing so would cause her to break down in tears. After Whitehall, draining people didn't cause her to bat an eye. The village of people that Cal killed after her death were sacrificed to fuel her regeneration. She spends decades believing that her daughter is dead only to find her again and then have to fight her a few days later. The cause of this is a deep-seated and well justified fear that the rest of her people will also be dissected.
- The Unfettered: There's nothing she won't do to ensure the Inhumans' safety — even killing a S.H.I.E.L.D agent to start a war, or, if need be, her daughter or husband
- Ungrateful Bitch: Zigzagged. Cal stitched her back up and then let her healing powers do the rest to bring her back to life. Presumably she was grateful at that time because they started searching for Skye together, but eventually she became more distant from him — especially when their pursuit became more brutal. Skye (and Cal himself) assume this is because she couldn't stand how monstrous he became, but when Coulson posits that most of their most horrible actions were probably her idea and she began using him as she would a tool, Cal realizes that in truth her indifference of humanity now included him, and no matter what monstrous things he did on her behalf he would never be good enough because he wasn't an Inhuman.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Cal said it best: "She had a good heart Phil, she did. It was just torn out".
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She kept a ledger that recorded Inhuman genealogy that was rigged with Terrigen dust should anyone but her open it. Said dust is what transforms Dr. Garner into Lash. Not to mention, her war to protect the Inhumans ended with their sanctuary, Afterlife, being thoroughly destroyed. (As Skye put it in Season 3, "Afterlife is a pile of ashes.")
- Vampiric Draining: How her powers work, draining the life from someone else to heal her wounds and keep her young.
- Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes one that starts slowly when S.H.I.E.L.D. finally learns of their existence. Remembering what HYDRA did to her, she undertakes more and more extreme actions to protect her people, ultimately enacting a plan to murder everyone in S.H.I.E.L.D. who isn't an Inhuman unprovoked. It really starts to get bad when Raina reveals to Skye what she did: the more her daughter attempts to thwart her plans, the more she chooses her hate over the people she cares about, until Skye finally stops her once and for all and she loses it. By the end she is draining Skye's very life force, tearfully ranting about how it was her destiny to do so rather than reunite their family as she once thought. Cal is ultimately forced to kill her before she hurts anyone else.
- You Are What You Hate: She's the type of hateful person she fears that make up S.H.I.E.L.D., and the worst part is that she's completely oblivious to it.
Portrayed By: Jamie Harris, Phillip Labes (young, season 2), Fin Argus (young, season 7)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 32: "What They Become")
A teleporting, eyeless Inhuman whose motives are unknown.
- Adorkable: His sense of humor really endears him to Skye.
- Ambiguously Evil: He makes a very unsettling remark to Cal about how his actions have sealed the fate of him and Skye. Turns out, he's not evil. At least at that point.
- Big Brother Mentor: He styles himself as a big brother figure to all the younger Inhumans. He greets Raina by calling her "beautiful" and assures Skye that she is more than "destruction". To both of them he promises safety, understanding, and a means of managing the cost of their gift.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- He rescues Raina before she could be captured or killed.Gordon: It's okay, beautiful. I'll show you the way.
- He later saves Skye from the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.Skye: Gordon...
Gordon: [teleporting in] Hello, Skye. Ready to go home?
- He rescues Raina before she could be captured or killed.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's very pleasant to Skye, but he's downright cruel to Cal (putting him in his place about his petty feud with Coulson was one thing, locking him in a room with no door or windows is another). He also snaps at Lincoln when he tries to help with Raina, bluntly saying that he wouldn't know what she's gone through because he didn't have to suffer a debilitating external transformation.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: Gordon has no eyes, but through some means can see as well if not better than a normal human. He's fully capable of perceiving people and objects as well as any sighted person, and can apparently sense his targets from great distances, down to knowing if they need his help. It has something to do with quantum entanglement.
- Call on Me: His senses allow him to tell when other Inhumans need him. He tells Skye that he will know when she's ready to go. Sure enough, only seconds pass between "Gordon, help" and his teleportation.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: By his own admission, he's terrible at telling jokes but it doesn't stops him from trying while breaking the ice with new Inhumans.
- Canon Immigrant: Soon after his first couple appearances in the show, he appeared for the first time in the comics' universe.
- The Champion: He is the defender of the Inhumans. He jumped in to save Raina from S.H.I.E.L.D. and then abducted Cal because his grudge match against S.H.I.E.L.D. was attracting dangerous attention. Then, when Skye was threatened by "real" S.H.I.E.L.D., he jumped in to help when she called him.Lincoln: It's his job to keep us safe.
- Composite Character: Although he's since been revealed as a Canon Immigrant, he has aspects of two Inhumans from the comics — the eyeless nature of The Reader (whose eyes were actually cut out due to his power level), and the power-set of Lockjaw (teleportation and force fields). His Teleport Spam powers also liken him to Nightcrawler.
- The Dragon: He's Jiayang's champion, so when she goes bad, so does he.
- Eyeless Face: One of the physical features Gordon has as an Inhuman is a noticeable lack of eyes.
- Fantastic Racism: Shows shades of this towards Cal even though he's Jiaying's husband, since Cal's powers came from chemical experimentation, not from birth or genetics. He doesn't seem very trusting of regular humans, either.
- The Ferryman: He transports both people and objects (including pizza) to and from Lai Xi. He can sense when people call for him, which handily removes the need for any communication equipment.
- Heroic Neutral: He only acts to protect his fellow Inhumans; which ultimately steers him straight into villain territory when he wholeheartedly agrees with Jiaying over murdering S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in cold blood to 'protect' the Inhumans in the finale.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gordon's 1983 self. After being drained of blood, marrow, and who knows what else was necessary for Nathaniel Malick to transfer his powers to a young John Garrett, he was left extremely weak and imprisoned with Coulson. Despite Coulson's warnings he teleported the both of them out of their cell to free Coulson so that could he save the rest of his people, and died from the exertion.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His Teleport Spam fighting style is his undoing, impaling himself on Fitz's steel pipe when trying to teleport behind him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Accidentally teleports into Fitz's steel pipe during the season finale.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Before he went through the mists as a tender young child, his eyes were visibly blue.
- Irony: He can teleport, but can't see where he's going. This is played up in a flashback to his childhood, where he smacks into numerous walls because he can neither control his power nor see the world around him to compensate.
- Kick the Dog: He really likes to push Cal's buttons (even though he's Jiaying's husband).
- Kirk Summation: He kidnaps Cal in the middle of a battle with S.H.I.E.L.D., then tells him in no uncertain terms that he's not one of the Inhumans and his attempts to "prove" S.H.I.E.L.D. is evil for their treatment of genuinely dangerous and unstable gifted people is only making them look worse.
- The Mentor: He's picked up the role for modern-day Inhumans after the non-permanent death of Skye's mother.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently uses his powers to bring Chicago deep-dish pizza to Lai Xi.
- Power Incontinence: Demonstrated in a flashback to his childhood. In the present, he's in complete control.
- Required Secondary Powers: His teleportation power comes packaged with the ability to "see" and "hear" via quantum entanglement. This is why he never teleports into solid objects and can use Call on Me.
- The Resenter: He shows shades of this to Lincoln, because while Gordon's gift came at the cost of his eyes, Lincoln didn't have to undergo a gruelling physical transformation when he received his gift.
- Superpower Lottery: He is the first recorded Inhuman to possess teleportation. He changed everything with his ability to travel great distances instantly and covertly. As seen in his fight with Cal, he also apparently got superhuman strength out of the deal.
- Super Strength: Appears to be part of his powerset as he easily throws Cal into a wall.
- Taking You with Me: After being impaled, he drops a gem, intending to kill Coulson, Fitz, and Mack. Fortunately, Coulson caught it in time, though at the cost of his own hand.
- Tele-Frag: Dies when he accidentally teleports himself onto Fitz's steel pipe.
- Teleport Spam: His Inhuman ability grants him the gift of teleportation.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jiaying. This makes sense, as in a flashback it was shown that she was the one who mentored him and taught him to control his powers. He also appears to be one of the few Inhumans who is completely aware of and in fact aiding her False Flag Operation against S.H.I.E.L.D.
Portrayed by: Winter Ave Zoli
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 39: "Melinda")
An Inhuman that stole Terrigen crystals from Afterlife to make her daughter undergo Terrigenesis after she had been rejected.
- Action Mom: She's a mother with Super Strength and also a pretty good fighter, as May found the hard way.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: It appears she's the main threat in Bahrain. She's not, her daughter is.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her own daughter warped her mind into that of a berserker.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: She's brainwashed in her entire appearance, so the creepy part is inevitable.
- Cute Bruiser: Due to being portrayed by the superhot Winter Ave Zoli and possessing super strength.
- Dark Action Girl: She was easily able to hold her own against Agent May, who is a highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
- The Dragon: Turns out she's her daughter, Katya's, most powerful minion.
- Glass Cannon: She's superhumanly strong, but dies when May impales her with an improvised spear, which is a bit weird considering she stopped a car dead in its tracks offscreen.
- Hiding in a Hijab: A Paper-Thin Disguise version when she's hiding in Bahrain. Not convincing in the slightest as S.H.I.E.L.D. and Bahraini intelligence agency found her pretty quickly, likely because she's brainwashed and her enthraller is too young to know how to properly wear the hijab.
- Informed Attribute: Pretty much any genuine thing about her is just informed by Jiaying and S.H.I.E.L.D., as she's brainwashed before getting killed in her actual appearance.
- Super Strength: Her Inhuman ability makes crunching cars easy.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had Katya survived the Bahrain incident, she would have eventually been responsible for the type of anti-Inhuman bigotry that leads to a fascist dictatorship, all because Eva thought giving her mentally disturbed daughter superpowers against her spiritual leader's judgment was a good idea.
Portrayed by: Ava Acres
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 39: "Melinda")
Eva's daughter, who developed sensory manipulation powers after undergoing terrigenesis.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark hair and crazy.
- Children Are Innocent: Subverted in spades! May thought that the girl was just a hostage of the evil woman in the building, Eva Belyakov, and took her rescue as a personal goal. She was trying to get pregnant at the time, and had a motherly care for that poor helpless little girl, subject to an evil mother. But when she defeats Eva, it turns out that it was the girl who was mind-controlling everyone in the building, including her mother. Not only that, the only way that May could save all the other agents (that the girl could easily kill, just by wishing so) was to kill her.
- Creepy Child: When she reveals herself, it's revealed that she is the one addicted to other people's pain. In fact, Jiaying rejected her for terrigenesis because she correctly predicted Katya would be bad news.
- Emotion Eater: Due to her powers she can feed off emotion like a leech. She's addicted to "pain". She can drain people to the extent of killing them.
- Enfant Terrible: She had a mental breakdown due to lacking the proper preparation to handle her powers.
- The Man Behind the Man: Turns out she was controlling her mother and the Bahraini mobsters.
- Mind Control: Her power allows her to control people with a touch.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She was already a little disturbed, and undergoing terrigenesis magnified that causing her to be ruled by her power.
Portrayed by: Alicia Vela-Bailey
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 42: "Scars")
One of Jiaying's most trusted Inhumans, she has the power to spawn multiple copies of herself which operate independently. She's one of the few female Inhumans who is shown to be a capable fighter.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She's infected by Hive in "The Singularity".
- Character Death: She and her last clone are killed by a Kree Reaper in "Failed Experiments".
- Evil Redhead: She's nicknamed "ginger ninja". She's not really evil, though, just misguided.
- Expy: Her powers make her one of James Madrox a.k.a. Multiple Man, whose movie rights are held by Fox.
- HeelFace Turn: She becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. ally in Season Three.
- Heroic BSoD: Is thoroughly traumatized when Lash kills one of her clones, presumably the first time it's happened. She weathers it better the next time, though Hive's influence probably helped.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Her death is not acknowledged by any of the Inhumans.
- In-Series Nickname: She and her clones get a couple impolite nicknames, "ginger ninjas" being the nicest.
- Keystone Army: Take out the primary Alisha, and all the clones are taken out too.
- Me's a Crowd: Her ability lets her spawn four clones of herself, identical save the prime body's duplication. Alisha feels what the clones feel, though. She also can't seem to replace any clones that die.
- Perpetual-Motion Monster: Downplayed with her clones, who get up from being knocked out almost instantly. Short of physically disabling them, they never stop fighting.
- Punch-Clock Villain: As Lincoln puts it, not evil, just misguided. Even under Hive's control, she's a pretty decent person even if she's trying to help Hive's plans.
- Synchronization: She can feel what her clones feel.
J. T. James / Hellfire
Portrayed By: Axle Whitehead
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 60: "Paradise Lost")
- "Now I want your honest opinion on this, what do you think of the name 'Inferno'? I like it, but I don't love it. 'Firestarter', well, feels a little nineties, and 'Burning Man', well, that would have been perfect if it wasn't for some bloody desert hippie-fest."
An acquaintance of Lincoln and pre-Inhuman who was kicked out of Afterlife before undergoing Terrigenesis. He is exposed to Terrigen after the fall of Afterlife, gaining fire-based powers.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, he's a human with supernatural abilities. Here, he's an Inhuman.
- Adaptational Nationality: His comics counterpart is American. In the MCU, he's Australian.
- Always a Bigger Fish: James is pretty powerful with his pyrokinesis and being able to enshroud objects with fire or turn them into makeshift explosives. He's absolutely confident that he can kill Daisy and the other agents when they find out he's with the watchdogs. Then Robbie Reyes shows up and shows him what real firepower lookslike. James has no chance at all because 1) Robbie is immune to normal fire 2) the type of fire he uses bypasses James' fire resistance and 3) along with being able to create way more fire than James, Robbie as Ghost Rider is also a super strong, invulnerable, Lightning Bruiser that can turn normal people into a paste within seconds and for all James' powers, physically he is only human in terms of strength.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted Terrigenesis, he got it. Come Season 4, he hates it.
- Boomerang Bigot: After being cured of Hive's sway, he comes to hate being an Inhuman, thinking their kind are monsters. He helps the Watchdogs to hunt other Inhumans down, on the understanding that he'll be the last to die.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's infected by Hive in "The Singularity".
- The Brute: Serves this role while working for Hive thanks to his explosive powers, habit of Saying Too Much and overconfident personality. He eventually gets promoted to Co-Dragons with Giyera once the two of them become the last members of Hive's group that haven't either been killed or defected from his side.
- Chain Pain: He wields a charged chain in "Emancipation", which is capable of putting a hole right through Lash's torso. Tries it again in Season 4 to do the same to Daisy, only for Ghost Rider to catch it and take it for himself.
- Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't waste an opportunity to skewer Lash through the back.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Defied by James. Once he gets powers, he starts brainstorming fire-related codenames to use, ultimately deciding on "Hellfire".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A loud and abrasive show-off who is surprisingly competent with his flaming chain, even able to kill the Nigh-Invulnerable Lash.
- Composite Character: He has the name and codename of comic books' Hellfire, who had the power to control supernatural flames due to being a descendant of Carter Slade a.k.a. Phantom Rider, and the powers of Gambit. He is also shown using a flaming chain as a nod to Ghost Rider. Amusingly, when the actual Ghost Rider shows up, the first thing he does is take the chain. When coming up with codenames, he briefly considered "Inferno", which also references one of the post-Infinity Inhumans.
- Deadpan Snarker: A rather callous one, at that. See his somewhat disturbed response to the Primitives:
- Doing In the Wizard: In the comics, his powers are supernatural in nature, and stem from him being a descendant of the original Ghost Rider. In the show, they're simply a result of his Inhuman heritage. Coincidentally, this is before the arc of the next season that addresses the truly supernatural in the Marvel universe to promote Doctor Strange, which includes bringing in Ghost Rider himself.
- Expy: With the X-Men off limits, he gives the MCU its own version of Gambit.
- FaceHeel Turn: Though he was always a Jerkass, and he had earlier been under Hive's sway, James manages to pull this off by joining forces with the Watchdogs to exterminate all Inhumans, even and including himself.
- Hero Killer: Despite his initial appearences James is a lot more dangerous then he seems and is responsible for Lash's death (who at the time was trying to kill Hive) and critically wounding Lincoln.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Wants a Genocide from the Inside as of Season 4, hating his Inhumanity. He's made a deal with the Watchdogs that he will let them kill him last.
- Jerkass: He's crass, selfish and unapologetic.
- Mythology Gag. One of the codenames he considers after unlocking his fire powers is Inferno. In the comics, this is the codename for Dante Pertuz, another Iohuman with fire based powers.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When he first sees the Primitives for himself, he appears to be a tad bit horrified at how they turned out, even going so far as to tell Hive exactly what he thought.
- Playing with Fire: He has the abiolity to superheat anything he touches, turning it into a bomb, the effectiveness of which depends on the size of the object.
- Power Incontinence: After undergoing Terrigenesis, he makes everything he touches exploded like a pyromaniac King Midas. He's cured of it by Hive's infection.
- Put Them All Out of My Misery: After the trauma of going through terrigenesis, the ecstasy of being swayed by Hive and the depressing withdrawal that came from its death he despises Inhumanity and wants them all exterminated, even—and ending with—himself.
- Take That!: He gives these up the gazoo when he thinks of possible nicknames; he thinks that "Firestarter" feels "a little nineties," and "Burning Man" would have been perfect if it wasn't for "some bloody desert hippie-fest."
- See the Team Coulson page
Portrayed by: Byron Mann
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 131: After, Before)
Jiaying's second-in-command at Afterlife.
- Asshole Victim: After constantly mistreating Kora, always pushing for her death and even planning her death, leading to her to be Driven to Suicide and have a FaceHeel Turn, he has it coming when Kora kills him.
- Canon Foreigner: There is no inhuman in the comics called Li. His power seems to be inspired by Hela from Thor: Ragnarok. However it is similar to the obscure X-Men character Clearcut
Portrayed by: Dianne Doan
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Jiaying's daughter, and Daisy's older sister.
- Anti-Villain: Most of her villainy is the result of Nathaniel manipulating her, after taking advantage of her volatile emotional state at the time.
- Cain and Abel: In the altered timeline, she's the Cain to Daisy's Abel, despite them being temporally and emotionally distant from each other.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: Inverted, as she's the living alternate counterpart to the original timeline Kora. She accompanies Team Coulson on their way back to the old timeline.
- Driven to Suicide: In the original timeline, Kora shot herself after suffering from Power Incontinence for an unknown amount of time. In the altered timeline, Nathaniel Malick interrupts and destroys her gun.
- FaceHeel Turn: In the altered timeline seen in Season 7, Kora joins forces with the still-alive Nathaniel in his mission of chaos. She later pulls a HeelFace Turn when she realizes Nathaniel lied to her.
- Hand Blast: Had the ability to release destructive energy blasts.
- Healing Hands: Another potential application of her power. She initially tries to use it to bring back Jiaying, to no success. Her second attempt, to revive Daisy, works.
- MacGuffin Super Person: It turns out that her survival was the crux of Fitz' time travel ploy, as her energy manipulation powers, along with May's empathy powers, were needed to create a signal that would give the Chronicoms empathy, leading to them standing down.
- Power Incontinence: Unfortunately, Kora couldn't control her energy powers, a fact that, in the original timeline, led to her suicide. In the altered timeline, she gains more control over them with Nathaniel's help.
- Psychological Projection: Her fear of her own Power Incontinence led her to believe that Jiaying was afraid of her as well.
- Walking Spoiler: Her role in the series is hard to discuss without revealing that Nathaniel Malick is still alive in the new timeline.
Dr. Andrew Garner / Lash
Portrayed by: Blair Underwood (as Andrew) Matthew Willig (as Lash)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 35: "One of Us" as Andrew and in Episode 45: "Laws of Nature" as Lash.)
An Inhuman who appears to be hunting down other Inhumans, later revealed to be Agent May's ex-husband.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's still a villain, but comic book Lash was a complete asshole and a Social Darwinist with Fantastic Racism toward humans and weaker Inhumans. This version is more a Tragic Villain whose mind is being warped by his transformation, and has a more human and sympathetic alter-ego. He also targets Inhumans only, and does so because he sees them as a danger to humans rather than out racism. His real target, additionally, is Hive, and he dies protecting Daisy.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- He's apparently killed by Werner in Ward's failed attempt to get May and Hunter to let him go, but the scene is shot oddly enough that we can't actually be sure he was killed. This is clarified in "Among Us Hide... He's not dead, in large part because he's Lash.
- Another one rises in his being Lash. It's unclear if he has a genuine Split Personality or is just pretending that he does in order to avoid taking responsibility for his murders.
- At the end of Episode 8 he is apparently gassed to death by Ward. "Maveth" reveals that he is once again not dead.
- Amicable Exes: With May. Not only he agreed to help May in regards with treating Skye, but he also attempted to contact her when the first S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen due to HYDRA's infiltration because he's worried about her. He also still gets on fabulously with May's mother, who wishes they were still married. The 'amicable' part of course gets put to the test a little bit with the reveal that he is Lash.
- Anti-Villain: Lash isn't cruel or sadistic, but he does see his actions in killing dangerous Inhumans to be necessary. Even then, he doesn't have any hatred for his victims, and is willing to spare benevolent Inhumans like Daisy. He also has no love for Hive, who was in fact Lash's ultimate target, as well as the entire reason he took out other Inhumans to reduce Hive's potential base of thralls and power supply. When they finally fought, Lash easily defeated the ancient Inhuman and ultimately sacrificed himself to save Daisy from Hive's sway.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He serves as a secondary antagonist of Season 3 to Ward and Malick as his Inhuman murder streak is one of the main focuses of the season. He eventually gives himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and even goes up against Hive, the true Big Bad for Season 3.
- Consummate Liar: Considering that no one even suspected that he was Lash, not even his crack S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent ex-wife Melinda May he is most definitely this trope.
- Cool Teacher: He's friendly and seems to be well liked by his students.
- Dark Secret: He's the Inhuman-hunting Inhuman known as Lash.
- Determinator: Lash is essentially the apex predator of the Inhumans. Everything that S.H.I.E.L.D. throws at him, including two powerful Inhumans (Daisy and Lincoln) utterly fails to stop him, and Lash himself can kill a number of Inhumans and trained soldiers with ease. He's also the only opponent in the series to actually scare Hive, and curb-stomps the ancient Inhuman in a fight.
- The Dreaded: Most people take one look at him and run the other way, and for good reason. Even Hive freaks out when he sees him, possibly because he instinctively understands that Lash is his natural enemy.
- Dreadlock Warrior: He has a row of dreadlock-like protrusions growing on his head and back for that savage look.
- Evil Counterpart: Evil's probably stretching it, but Andrew's this to Cal. Both men undergo a Jekyll & Hyde transformation into a hulking beast, and like Cal, he's a doctor.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As befitting for someone of his stature, he sounds like a demon.
- Fan Nickname: Rasta-hulk
- Foil: While there are a few similarities between them (powerful Inhumans whose appearances can change, who both underwent Terrigenesis against their will), Lash is pretty much the antithesis of Hive. Hive was one of the first Inhumans, while Lash is one of the most recent. Hive wants to create "the home Inhumans have always deserved" at humanity's expense while Lash wants to kill any dangerous Inhumans to protect humanity. Most of the time, Hive looks like a normal human, while Lash is eventually stuck looking like a hulking monster. Hive suffers from a distinct Lack of Empathy while Lash (despite appearances) still has his humanity. Hive inspires bliss in Inhumans through its sway, while Lash incites terror. Hive has an A God Am I mentality, while Lash simply considers himself a necessary evil. Lash's powers also make him out to be the anti-Hive; in addition to being immune to Hive's sway, Lash can cure and inoculate against it. They also contrast in their attitudes towards Daisy: Hive was willing to drain all of her blood for the sake of its plans, while Lash ultimately died saving her.
- Godzilla Threshold:
- He's the only thing standing between Simmons and certain death when HYDRA agents are closing in on them, so she releases him.
- May and Lincoln later send him to Daisy in Lincoln's place anticipating that it would be Hive, not Daisy, waiting for the Quinjet Lincoln sends. They correctly predict that he would try to kill Hive. He also saves Daisy as a bonus, though James kills him before he can finish Hive off.
- Healing Factor: His body regenerates instantly when harmed. Even in his human form, he can heal from what should be fatal injuries.
- Healing Hands: He can use his abilities to extract and neutralise Hive's spores, as he does for Daisy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He takes a flaming chain through the chest protecting Daisy from Hive's army.
- Horror Hunger: The guy hunts Inhumans, i.e. people with superpowers. He describes feeling hungry on his skin and it doesn't go away until he kills them.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He's tracking down and killing other Inhumans. It's soon revealed to be an instinctual compulsion that he has limited control over.
- The Immune: Lash is the only Inhuman able to No-Sell Hive's sway, as well as able to cure and inoculate other Inhumans from it if he chooses (he is only shown doing it once to Daisy); it may have something to do with Lash somehow being the apex predator of Inhumans (specifically Hive).
- Invincible Villain: Nothing he gets hit with manages to do more than slightly irritate him and getting attacked in his human form, even if it's fatal, will just result in him transforming. James put an end to this.
- Jekyll & Hyde: He's a kind doctor who turns into a murderous monster.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: So called verbatim by Lincoln when he claims that he only kills Inhumans who deserve it. He's right, he doesn't simply kill Inhumans without cause, and his ultimate target is Hive.
- The Juggernaut: An unstoppable killing machine and one of the most powerful Inhumans S.H.I.E.L.D. has encountered yet. He can shrug off both Daisy and Lincoln's powers, ICER rounds, and bullets. Shooting him will only make him angrier. He's also the first opponent to both frighten and overpower Hive, and would likely have killed it if he hadn't stopped to help Daisy. He's only killed when caught off-guard and impaled from behind.
- Karmic Death: After killing so many people by putting a hole in their chests, it somewhat comes off as karmic justice when James disposes of him in the same way.
- Mask of Sanity: Developed A God Am I when he became Lash, but did a very good job of hiding it, until May discovered his secret.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the comics, he's known only as Lash. In the show, he's given the real name Andrew Garner.
- Necessarily Evil: Sees himself as this in his putting down of other Inhumans, denying Frye's claims that he is mercy killing them. "I'm not merciful; I'm necessary." He turns out to be right about the "necessary" part.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: His ability to extract Hive's spores is unexpected to say the least, as was the fact that he could immunize people from Hive's infection.
- Nice Guy: In his human form, he sympathizes with gifted individuals and doesn't approve on how S.H.I.E.L.D. treats them like time bombs instead of people. This is in stark contrast to his inhuman form.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: He gets hit with the combined might of Daisy and Lincoln's powers and keeps on coming. A full magzine from Mack's pistol held him off for a bit, but he merely retreated and came back healed. Though a single blast from Daisy does knock him off his feet when he's not prepared for it. It later turns out that this even applies to his human form.
- No-Sell: Is able to shrug off a combined blast from both Daisy and Lincoln. ICER rounds don't even faze him. Hive's attempt to either sway or destroy him was similarly ineffective.
- Obliviously Evil: He clearly doesn't understand that what he's doing can be considered as bad as he believes his targets to be.
- Obviously Evil: He looks and sounds like a demon, and he's a serial killer (of Inhumans).
- Painful Transformation: Just like the Hulk, Lash transforms into his human self in an apparently painful manner, not least of which is the dreadlocks growing out of his head and down his back, as well as his skull changing and creating the ridges on his forehead. Also like the Hulk, he is apparently able to do so at will, but when in danger or stressed he can't control it.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: His intention towards the "evil" Inhumans is to hunt them down and kill them. What is defined as "evil"? First and foremost the potential to be dangerous, but also, and more importantly as it so happens, any threat to Daisy, as both Hive and his Primitives learn the hard way.
- Pet the Dog:
- He likes Daisy and with the exception of Frye, she's the only Inhuman he doesn't try to kill, despite the fact that with her S.H.I.E.L.D. training, hacking abilities and considerable powers, she's probably the biggest threat to him.
- He also swears he wouldn't hurt Joey, though it's clear that he's tempted.
- The Reveal: At the end of 'Among Us Hide'.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Lash beat both S.H.I.E.L.D. and ATCU to dozens of emergent Inhumans, with Joey being the first one he wasn't able to get to first. He also managed to track down Lincoln, an established Inhuman in hiding who wasn't displaying any of the Power Incontinence that's a typical red flag for Inhuman activity. It's later revealed that he has an informant from the Social Security Administration feeding him locations, though it doesn't explain how he's getting the names. It's actually because he finds their locations along with S.H.I.E.L.D. as his civilian identity, Dr. Andrew Garner. The names come from Jiayang's genealogy ledger.
- Shapeshifter: Daisy sees his shadow shift to human form, which would explain how a big, hulking warrior can move about without being immediately reported. However Lincoln says that no Inhuman can shapeshift and that he's just going through a prolonged period of Terrigenesis and when it's finished he won't be able to become human anymore.
- The Shrink:
- He is a Neurologist and Forensic Psychologist who specialized in working with gifted individuals.
- In Season 3, he's in charge of evaluating new Inhumans for the Secret Warriors, leaving Daisy frustrated when he finds reasons to reject every one she brings in. As of 'Among Us Hide' and the reveal that he's Lash, it's likely that he's doing this to forestall the development of a team that could effectively oppose him on his own level.
- Super Strength: Able to Neck Lift people and literally One-Hit Kill riot gear armoured officers.
- Summon Bigger Fish: The heroes send him to deal with the otherwise Nigh-Invulnerable Hive.
- That Man Is Dead: Lash completely takes over in "Spacetime".
- Touch of Death: He's able to generate energy from his hands that can melt a hole through a person or vaporize a wall in seconds.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: After what happened in Bahrain, he doesn't want a repeat and seeks out Inhumans to put down as soon as he's awakened. At least, that is what he tells himself.
- The Worf Effect: He's killed from behind by James's red hot chain through his throat, despite being bulletproof and able to No-Sell Daisy and Lincoln's powers in earlier episodes. This implies that James packs a bigger punch than either of them.
Portrayed by: Chad Lindberg
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 49: "Devils You Know")
- "Ever since I turned I feel like my skin is on fire and there is a jackhammer in my head. I wake up thinking that the pain will go away, but it doesn't. The only thing that helps is when Lash does his thing. Sends us freaks back where we belong. I didn't want this and know I'm not the only one."
An Inhuman who assists Lash in his campaign to hunt down Inhumans.
- Blessed With Suck: He's able to perceive and identify other Inhumans in close proximity, but he suffers an allergic reaction, with terrible headaches, boils and rashes, in the process.
- Category Traitor: Due to the pain he suffers from Inhuman presence, he aids Lash in eliminating them. Due to the nature of his powers, he considers becoming Inhuman a curse.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: His ultimate motivation. Without Inhumans around he will not longer be in pain and will have a normal life.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed in the same episode he appears in.
Portrayed By: Bjørn Johnson
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 59: "Spacetime")
An Inhuman able to give other people glimpses of the death of a single individual upon physical contact; this terrible power forced him to abandon his wife and daughter and live as a homeless man.
- Almost Dead Guy: His throat is crushed by Malick, but he manages to have a conversation with Daisy before expiring.
- Blessed With Suck: Every time Charles touches someone, he and the other person both have a vision of an unpreventable death in the near future. Charles has no control over this, and the traumatic visions he would accidentally inflict on anyone he touched (including his own wife and daughter) led to him exiling himself.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Aside from his visions foreshadowing the ending to Season 3, Charles is this by virtue of his daughter playing a huge role in the events of Season 5.
- Tragic Keepsake: The wooden robin he carved for his daughter of the same name.
- You Can't Fight Fate: When he first acquired his powers, he and his wife would try to prevent the deaths from occurring, but failed each and every time, making his situation all the more traumatic. All of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attempts to stop them fail as well.
Portrayed By: Manish Dayal
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 69: "Uprising")
The Inhuman brother of Inhuman-hating senator Ellen Nadeer.
- And I Must Scream: Was in the cocoon for over seven months before Simmons got him out.
- Boomerang Bigot: He becomes this following his Terrigenesis, and it's outright noted when Ellen shoots him that he would've done the same to her if their respective situations were reversed.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he does hate superhumans like his sister, he dislikes her always "painting with a broad brush".
- Fantastic Racism: Seems to share his sister's dislike of powered people, especially Inhumans.
- Freudian Excuse: His and Ellen's mother died in the Chitauri invasion.
- Not Quite Dead: After Ellen shoots him and has his body thrown into the ocean, he is immediately covered in another Terrigenesis cocoon.
- Super Speed: His Inhuman power is the ability of running at super fast speed.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Claims to have avoided changing by sheer force of will. He was wrong.
- You Are What You Hate: Shares his sister's hatred of superhumans, while himself being one.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after sinking into the ocean to undergo a second Terrigenesis has been left unrevealed.
Portrayed By: Faleolo Alailima
Appearances: Inhumans (first appears in Episode 3: "Divide and Conquer")
- "I woke up one morning covered in some rock-crust, next thing I knew, my hands got like this, and I accidentally burned down my house. Could have killed my family, and now I've lost them."
A Hawaiian convict who develops a friendship with Black Bolt
- Canon Foreigner: Does not appear to have a counterpart in the comics.
- Gentle Giant: A large, brutish-looking inmate who'd rather play chess than intimidate the new prisoner.
- The Mole: Takes part in Evan Declan's plan to break Black Bolt out of prison.
- Odd Friendship: A Hawaiian convict who develops a friendship with the King of Attilan.
- Playing with Fire: We see him melt solid metal, and he accidentally burned down his home at some point before the series began.
Portrayed By: Lexy Kolker (age 7, pictured), Ava Kolker (age 12), Willow Hale (old)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Charles Hinton's daughter, an Inhuman with the power of precognition. She expresses her visions through artwork.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: She is utterly calm in dangerous situations, such as a plane crash, because from her perspective, they've already survived it.
- Creepy Child: Downplayed, but Robin gets so lost in her visions that she occasionally can't recognize her own mother. It's explained as a combination of her powers and going through Terrigenesis at a young age having an effect on her mind.
- Creepy Good: Seems determined to help stop the Bad Future through her intermittent predictions, warning Fitz, Hunter and Enoch about the approaching soldiers and telling Fitz that he was left behind in order to save his friends.
- Happily Adopted: By Melinda May. Though she doesn't always understand, May takes Robin's rather unsettling powers in her stride. Robin even calls her Mom.
- Living Macguffin: Lots of people seek her in order to exploit her clairvoyance.
- Necessary Drawback: She knows exactly what Team Coulson needs to do in order to avoid the Bad Future, but she's so lost in her visions that she can't give them timely or clearly spoken advice. For instance, she told them how important Flint would be forty years before he was born. The best she can do is draw pictures.
- Non-Linear Character: The past, present, and future tend to blend together for her.
- Power Incontinence: She has no control over her powers, which means she is watching the past, present and future unfold around her at all times.
- Seer: Her powers cause her to experience visions of the past, present, and future, which she expresses through art. This trope is invoked quite literally by Enoch, who refers to Robin as "The Seer".
- She Knows Too Much: Her old future self is killed by Sam to prevent her from telling Team Coulson something that would cause them to go back in time and destroy the Earth. She is still alive at the end of Season 5 because the Bad Future she was killed in doesn't happen.
- The Slow Path: Like Enoch, and unlike Team Coulson, Robin simply lived out the years between the present day and the Lighthouse timeline normally. Unlike Enoch, however, Robin aged considerably during that time.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Is played by Lexy Kolker in the present, Ava Kolker in scenes set in 2022, and Willow Hale in the Lighthouse timeline.
- Tragic Keepsake: She keeps the hand-carved wooden robin that her father made close at hand.
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appear in Episode 64: "Emancipation", Episode 65: "Absolution", Episode 66: "Ascension")
The result of Hive and Holden Radcliffe's experiments into creating more Inhumans.
- Body Horror: The Inhuman virus transforms anyone it affects into nearly identical primitive beings with warped faces.
- Dumb Muscle: They aren't very intelligent, though they retain basic skills and some knowledge of their lives prior to being transformed.
- Fate Worse than Death: The Watchdogs being turned into the "freaks" they hate so much and forced to serve Hive against their will.
- Karmic Transformation: The first ones were made from Watchdog members.
- Neck Snap: Three of the initial five get their necks snapped by Lash.
- Slave Mooks: The Inhuman virus comes packaged with Hive's spores, so anyone converted is automatically slaved to his will.
- The Speechless: They have not demonstrated any capacity for human speech, though they seem to still fully understand what others are saying.
- Super Strength: They're strong enough to break out of handcuffs and snap chains on a cargo crate, though they're weaker than Lash. Radcliffe describes them as having peak-human strength through adrenaline.